Jan Smuts: Afrikaner Sonder Grense - Richard Steyn (Trade Paperback)

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Jan Christian Smuts was soldier, statesman and intellectual, and one of South Africa’s greatest leaders. Yet little is said about him today even as we appear to live in a leadership vacuum.

Afrikaner sonder grense is a re-examination of the life and thought of Jan Smuts. It is intended to remind a contemporary readership of the remarkable achievements of this impressive soldier-statesman. The author argues that there is a need to bring Smuts back into the present, that Smuts’ legacy still has much to instruct. He draws several parallels between Smuts and President Thabo Mbeki, both intellectuals much lionised abroad and yet often distrusted at home.

This book is a highly readable account of Smuts’ life. It also examines a number of overarching themes: his relationships with women, spiritual life, intellectual life and his role as advisor to world leaders. Politics and international affairs receive the lion’s share, but Smuts’ unique contributions to other fields – for example, botany – are not neglected.

Afrikaner sonder grense does not shy away from the contradictions of its subject. Smuts was one of the architects of the United Nations, and a great champion of human rights, yet he could not see the need to reform the condition of the African majority in his own country.

Product Details

Barcode
9781868427420
Department
Books
Released
1 Jan 2017
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Author
Richard Steyn
Publisher
Jonathan Ball
Language
Afrikaans

Classification

General Subject
Biography/Autobiography